St Andrews still blooms as pipped to second place

Floral display in St Andrews.
Floral display in St Andrews.
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St Andrews and a band of green-fingered volunteers have done Scotland proud in the 50th Britain in Bloom UK finals.

At a ceremony in Bristol last night (Thursday), the St Andrews in Bloom team heard its efforts had earned the town a silver gilt award in Europe’s biggest community gardening competition, run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).

There are more than 3,900 Bloom groups throughout Britain. Of these, just 71 were selected as finalists in 13 categories and St Andrews was one of only seven from Scotland.

St Andrews was in the Coastal Over 12k section and faced stiff competition from Sidmouth and eventual winner St Peter Port in Guernsey.

While the town has been a floral delight this summer - this year the vibrant colour scheme was lime greens and gold - the displays are the result of a year-round effort by the St Andrews in Bloom group.

The judging was carried out in July and afterwards the RHS judges commented: “It became immediately apparent from the colourful and varied planting displays that there is much more to offer. It was good to see the breadth of volunteers involved, and the steps being taken to secure the future of the Botanic Gardens. Great Scottish hospitality!”

Ray Pead, chair of St Andrews in Bloom, said the whole town had rallied behind the group’s efforts when it was announced the town had reached the finals.

Derek Robertson, of Keep Scotland Beautiful congratulated all of the communities who represented Scotland in the competition.